What is PROFESSIONALISM for the Elementary Seminar and IST Remediation Intern Family & Consumer Science Department South Western High School Teaching is a profession….. …therefore, candidates are expected to display appropriate and professional behavior, appearance, and dispositions. What are the expectations for Elementary Seminar and IST interns? Your Professional Disposition: Seminar and IST students participating in professional roles should develop and demonstrate dispositions that are expected for educators, demonstrating ethical behaviors and attitudes of a professional educator, and communicating with students in your charge and cooperating teachers effectively. What are Dispositions? The values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues and communities that affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as the educator’s own professional growth, guided by beliefs and attitudes related to global values such as: caring fairness honesty responsibility social justice etc. You….are an educator! Professional Dispositions Attendance and punctuality Self-initiative & independence Reliability and dependability Desire to improve Appropriate response to feedback & supervision Critical thinking skills Collegiality Adequate & appropriate oral grammar & speaking skills Adequate & appropriate written grammar & writing skills Commitment to the teaching profession. Professional ethics and demeanor Professional Dispositions Developing skills of personal responsibility for… professional development and learning “behavior” & attitudes successes & achievements failures & mistakes Developing the professional maturity to apologize make amends celebrate other’s successes even if you have failed conduct professional reflection if you have failed, ….and try again! Professional Conduct for Elementary Seminar & IST Interns Arrive on time, stay the full period and/or time commitment. Pre-arrange any absence with the Seminar IST/Teacher and notify your Cooperating Classroom Teacher the morning of your absence by e-mail or a phone call. Always have classroom & materials prepared and organized. Consistently demonstrate professional oral language skills. Appropriate language, tone of voice, etc. is expected. Avoid: cursing/swearing or use of objectionable words derogatory jokes, remarks, etc. racist, sexist, demeaning “slurs”, remarks, or jokes personal remarks about religious or political views to students personal remarks about students and staff argumentative or aggressive verbal tones Incorrect grammar and usage (a common reason why beginning teachers don’t get jobs!!!) Consistently demonstrate professional writing skills. All writing will be evaluated as if you were a professional educator in a public or private classroom. Neatness, spelling, grammar, penmanship, citation and referencing counts! Home/school written communications School communications Writing “on the board” Etc. Always be respectful of classmates, cooperating teachers, other professionals, staff and all students in your charge. Respect staff and administration’s practices, beliefs, classroom management, instructional styles, etc. Consistently demonstrate professional social skills. CAUTION: the “teacher lounge trap” ~ don’t gossip! Maintain confidentiality of students and staff. Avoid using specific names of staff, students, and grade locations except with cooperating teachers and Seminar/IST instructor. NEVER discuss anything about a student outside of appropriate professional settings. You are a GUEST in your school – please avoid: Cell phone and pager usage during class time Casual blue jeans (except on sanctioned “dress down days”) Mini and low-rise skirts Crop tops, low cut tops, or spaghetti straps T-Shirts with logos/words (other than school sanctioned) Low-cut pants and “baggy britches” Overly tight-fitting clothing Strong scented perfumes, aftershaves, tobacco odor, etc. “Spiky-high fashion” shoes or “flip-flops” Baseball-style caps Obvious body piercings or tattoos – minimize, remove, or cover - and - check on the school’s policy. Gum, food, tongue studs (remove them for the school day!). because of effect on oral speech enunciation. YES! Dress conservatively Shirts/sweaters with COVERAGE ! Khakis, slacks, “Docker” style pants, etc. are suggested Comfortable skirts & dresses of appropriate length are completely acceptable! Be practical and professional – life in the elementary settings can be hard on clothing and shoes – don’t wear anything you don’t want damaged! This is not the time or place for a “fashion show”! Do the “mirror test”. Bend over, stretch, lean down, and kneel – if you see skin where you shouldn’t don’t wear it to school. Professional Conduct Respect professional boundaries - DO NOT: Develop a “personal friendship” with students Visit students at their home or have students come to your home Avoid the appearance of Sexual Harassment Do not be alone with an elementary student. If you must: Sit in full view (to the hallway) with an open door Sit on opposite side of desk or table – or at least on adjacent side (avoid “shoulder to shoulder”) Do not sexually harass any student, staff member, or visitor Make every reasonable effort to avoid even the appearance of actions that could be interpreted as sexual harassment of students and/or co-workers. Professional Conduct Respect personal boundaries Do not use corporal punishment Hitting, slapping, shoving, paddling, grabbing, etc. If you initiate “time outs”, do so only under direct supervision and follow all school and state-sanctioned guidelines and policies. USE EXTREME CAUTION with all physical contact including hugs, “back-pats”, touching, etc. Notify your university supervisor if you implement any questionable treatment of an elementary student or are concerned a student may alleged that inappropriate touching or harassment has occurred. Course Grade & … Real World Career Killers Gossip, whining, & griping Breach of confidentiality Substance abuse Tardiness & absenteeism Academic incompetence Poor oral speaking skills Poor writing skills Unprofessional behavior and demeanor as described in this presentation. Miscellaneous Responsibilities Learn the safety regulations. Know exactly what to do for: Fire and other safety drills and evacuations Weapons & bomb threats First aid situations, including school district policy about giving aid Lock-Down procedures (preplan care for your children if you can’t leave the school!) People authorized for pick-up and delivery of students Use of Public Property Use property only in accordance with the rules and regulations of the school and district. No equipment, supplies or materials may be taken off-site without expressed permission. Teachers are mandated reporters…. Drug use, sexual or physical abuse, neglect, potential suicide, harm to others, etc. Helping professionals and teachers are required to report. Report full knowledge to your cooperating teacher and seminar/IST teacher, immediately. The school will have specific guidelines regarding the steps to be taken. Your responsibility is to inform without delay and to follow the procedures of the school and district. Communicable Diseases Always protect yourself – strictly follow blood borne pathogens procedures. Always have rubber gloves on you (this is why teachers like pockets!) or near you. Liability There is always a risk that you can be held liable for a situation during a field experience at the elementary school. When you student teach…Most school districts will not “cover” personal liability cases or judgments against an individual. When you student teach keep in mind…liability. It is strongly recommend that you acquire liability insurance. Personal policy Student membership “The Buck Stops Here…..” Maintain a positive, professional attitude, even if things are getting “rough and tough.” Please conduct yourself in a manner befitting a member of the teaching profession! You must follow any other ethical and professional standards set by the school in which you are completing a field experience.
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